Our Program


The Teacher Residency Program is an alternate route to certification that embraces a different approach to attract and retain teachers of color (residents) in CT such that:

    • TRP minimizes barriers to traditional certification admission¬†
    • TRP provides hands-on training for underemployed or unemployed adults with a pathway to a lifelong career and economic stability
    • Candidates participate in courses for 14 – 18 months (depending on the program) and work with a mentor teacher for one school year while receiving pay and benefits.
    • Candidates are eligible for a full-time teaching position in a partner district upon successful completion of program courses and certification checkpoint.
    • Candidates earn a Residency Educator Certificate and move to an Initial Educator Certificate after 10 months successful practice as a Teacher of Record.

This program embodies:


Cohorting builds  a collaborative environment for residents to grow and excel together. 


Equity, social justice and antiracism drive our curriculum and training for all participants. 


Residents work with carefully selected mentors for excellence in training.  


Residents demonstrate courage as they take on the challenge of an intensive program and a new career path. 


Elementary program cohort meetings and classes are held in one of the six RESC areas shown in the map below.  Candidates serve their residency in one of the participating school districts and attend summer and evening classes in the most desirable geographic location.  

Elementary Cohorts will meet at one of the following sites:

  • ACES
  • CES
  • CREC


The Special Education Cohort will be held in Central Connecticut.

Accepted candidates will serve their residency in one of the Partner Districts and take classes with others at one of the locations above. 

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